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    Technical Advice & DIY TIPS

    Are your handles supplied with locks / latches?

    No, all handles are supplied without locks / latches. This is the standard in worldwide as there are different sizes and types of locks used for different applications that need to be purchased separately. If you already have locks or latches in your doors then providing they are in good working condition, these in most cases can be used with new handles. The standard spindle (the bar that connects the handles) size is 8mm (actually 7.9mm), providing your current locks accept an 8mm bar width spindle, you should not have any problems fitting new handles.

    What locks or latches do I need?

    The types of locks or latches you need are the same for door handles on a backplate, door handles on a rose and door knobs.

    Internal doors. All non-locking internal doors need a tubular latch. The one that you purchase will generally be determined by your budget. We always recommend the quality tubular latch as this feels solid and smooth in use whilst providing a long working lifespan. For un-sprung door knobs (all good quality door knobs are un-sprung so they are not too stiff to turn!) we also recommend the high quality latch.

    External locking doors. It is important that all external doors have either a BS certified 5 lever sashlock or a rim cyinder nightlatch used with a BS certified 5 lever deadlock. This is a minimum security standard required by most household insurance companies. If you do not have these fitted to your external doors your insurance company may contest your claim in the event of a break-in.

    Internal locking doors. Doors that are required to lock from a key internally can use a 3 lever sashlock providing they are not exit doors. We do not recommend locking internal doors for fire safety reasons.

    Bathroom doors. All door handles supplied by Oppali require a bathroom lock.

    A Guide To Door Handles

    There are three types of handles available:

    1. Door Handles On Rose
    2. Door Handles On BackPlate
    3. Door Handles For Aluminium & PVC Doors

    Lever on rose furniture is more contemporary, it can be used alone if only required to operate a latch.

    Obviously care needs to be taken when selecting these additional items to ensure that the style and finish match those of selected handles. They have three styles of keyhole:

    Standard Profile Keyhole      

    Cylinder Keyhole                      

    Bath Set                                            

    Lever on backplate are more traditional with two styles of Keyhole:

    • Standard Profile Keyhole
    • Cylinder Keyhole

    Stadard Profile Keyhole is used on most internal doors with a sash type lock which contains a lock and a bolt.

    Cylinder Profile Keyhole for locks with euro profile cylinder

    Bath sets have a turn and release mechanism built into the rose and are used with a bathroom lock.

    1. Door Handle on Rose

    All our handle on rose furniture are supplied with matching screws, a spindle and fitting instructions.

    Our handle on rose furniture have concealed roses, this means that the screws and fixing holes are hidden by a cover.

    For doors that you have no wish to lock, they are generally fitted with a simple tubular latch.

    For bedroom or bathroom doors that you may wish to lock without a key, you would need to purchase a turn & release (thumb turn) together with a bathroom lock.

    2. Door Handles On BackPlate

    All our lever on backplate furniture are supplied with matching screws, a spindle and fitting instructions.

    3. Door Handles For Aluminium & PVC Doors

    Door handles for aluminium and PVC doors has narrow oval rosette and are used for doors from aluminium or PVC profile witch normal rosette or backplate don’t fit.